Sept. 20, 2021

Episode 71: Samuel M. Katz “Jihad in Brooklyn”

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The true story of a potentially devastating terrorist plot in New York City—and the heroes who risked their lives to prevent it. On the morning of July 31, 1997, two young Palestinian men living in Brooklyn, New York, were prepared to sacrifice themselves as martyrs to their bloody cause. Their plan—to board a subway filled with commuters, wait until the train was traveling through the tunnel under the East River, and then detonate a shrapnel-covered explosive belt they had built in their tenement apartment. The attack would have killed hundreds, possibly even thousands, while sending the city—and the country—into a state of panic. This is the inspiring, startling, and frightening true story of how the NYPD learned of the impending attack and made a daring predawn raid on the terrorist hideout. The gripping series of events began with an Egyptian immigrant who, learning of the plan, alerted the police. Coordinating an assault with limited resources and manpower, seven brave members of the NYPD moved in—reaching the terrorists when they literally had their fingers on the trigger—saving countless lives, preventing a disaster that would have paralyzed New York City, and alerting the nation that, in today’s world, violence and terror could begin at home. Samuel Katz is New York City-based New York Times best-selling author, magazine editor, and special feature correspondent. He has written over 30 books, and articles for publications around the world, including editions of Vanity Fair, Esquire, and GQ. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of Special Operations Report, a quarterly magazine dedicated to military and law enforcement special operations, and counterterrorism. He has appeared on numerous international television and radio networks, and also lectures law enforcement agencies and military commands around the world. Katz is also an international business development, marketing, and media consultant for industries around the world.

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